Published Sept. 3, 2009
We had plenty to discover in partnership
with Robert Crown
We’ve learned a
lot working with the Robert Crown Center for Health
Education over the past year— and we hope you have, too.
Educators at the Hinsdale facility have passed along information
about helping kids develop healthy eating habits,
recognizing signs of depression among teens, dealing
with bullies and embracing a positive self-image.
They’ve also advised parents on effective ways to have “the talk”
with kids and shared the 10 questions kids ask most
often about sex education.
The series has given us the opportunity to introduce some of the
volunteers who have kept the center going during the
past half-century — women like Hazel Barr and Chris
And as part of our 2008-09 Making a Difference partnership, we’ve
let readers know how the facility has grown and some of
the plans for the future.
Just because our partnership with Robert Crown is coming to a close
this week doesn’t mean we’ll stop covering the center.
Later this month, there will be a dedication of the new
Brain Room and the re-opening of Valeda, the glass lady.
We plan to be there.
We hope a year’s worth of stories has helped our readers appreciate
just what a wonderful facility the Robert Crown Center
is. More than 5 million schoolchildren have participated
in its programs, and the center currently serves 140,000
boys and girls from 600 schools each year. Educators
start with simple lessons for small children — such as
hand washing for preschoolers — and eventually teach
kids in high school about much more complicated topics,
such as drug abuse.
One of the most impressive things about Robert Crown is its ability
to change with the times. As bullying, steroid use and
body image have created concerns for young people, the
center has added those topics to the curriculum.
Educators no longer stand in front of a group of 100 kids and
lecture them. Today the focus is on an interactive
experience that allows students to discover information.
We’ve enjoyed spending some time with those who make the Robert
Crown Center a success. Often we write a single article
about a nonprofit agency’s fund-raiser or new program
and don’t really have the space or the time to fully
explain what it is the agency does. The Making a
Difference series is designed to remedy that problem,
one organization at a time.
Next week we’ll announce our new partner for 2009-10. As much as
we’ve enjoyed working with Robert Crown, we’re excited
to share information about a new organization and how it
is making a difference in Hinsdale.
Making a Difference is a yearlong
partnership between The Hinsdalean
and the Robert Crown Center for Health Education, which
to teach and motivate youth to lead healthy, happy and